Category Archives: Celery

Sweet and Savory Vegetable Soup

2 TBS olive oil
3 cups onion, diced
1 TBS garlic, chopped
3 cups sweet potato, peeled and diced (about 1 large)
2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 ribs celery, chopped
3 large kale leaves, chopped
1 1/2 cups canned diced tomatoes
1 15 oz can garbanzo beans
4 cups vegetable broth
1 TBS paprika
1 1/2 tsp tumeric
1 1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Heat oil in a large stock pot. Add onion, garlic, sweet potato, celery, kale and mushrooms. Sauté five minutes.
Stir in spices. Sauté 3 more minutes. Add tomatoes, garbanzo beans and vegetable stock and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Serve.

Chicken and Vegetable Casserole

2 TBS plus 1 TBS olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 TBS minced fresh parsley
1 TBS minced fresh basil
1 tsp minced garlic
3 zucchinis, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
3/4 cup celery, chopped
1 lb. skinless chicken breast (4 breasts)
1 cup vegetable stock
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, stir together 2 TBS olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, parsley, basil and garlic. Add vegetables, mix well and arrange in a casserole dish. Mix 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper and 1 tsp oil; brush the mixture over the chicken breasts, place chicken on vegetables. Bake about 20 minutes then add 1 cup of vegetable stock. Bake 25 more minutes more or until chicken is cooked and internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

Serves about 4 (1 cup/serving). Per 1 serving:
240 calories, 11 g fat, 26 g protein, 7 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 890 mg sodium

Harvest Moon Corn Squash Soup

3 cups vegetable broth
¼ cup diced carrots
¼ cup diced celery
¼ cup diced onion
½ cup diced potatoes
1 cup whole kernel corn, drained
1½ cups peeled, diced butternut squash, or delicata/sweet dumpling squash
½ tsp. ground black pepper
½ tsp. dried thyme leaves
½ tsp. dried basil leaves
¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
pinch of dried cayenne pepper
Directions: In a stockpot, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until all the vegetables are tender.

Serves 4. Per 1-cup serving: 90 calories, 0 g fat, 2 g protein, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 470 mg sodium

Creamy Cabbage Soup

2 14.5-oz. cans chicken broth
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 medium head (3 lbs.) cabbage, shredded or chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
¼ cup butter
3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
2 12-oz. cans evaporated skim milk
1 cup 1% milk
2 cups lean cooked ham, diced
½ tsp. dried thyme
Directions: In large stock pot, combine chicken broth, celery, cabbage, onion and carrots. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer covered 15 to 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Meanwhile, in medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth; cook about 1 minute. In a separate container, mix together evaporated skim milk and milk. Gradually whisk the milk mixture into the flour mixture, stirring constantly to prevent lumps. Cook milk until thickened, plus 1 minute more. Gradually add thickened milk to the cooked cabbage mixture. Add ham and thyme; heat thoroughly.

Ultimate Veggie Fried Rice

2 TBS olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup diced carrot
1/4 cup diced celery
1 tsp herbs de Provence (mixture of oregano, sage, basil, marjoram, thyme, etc.)
2 cups cooked brown rice
2 cups other leftover vegetables (pre-cooked), beans, etc.
Directions: Heat skillet over medium-high heat, and add oil. Sauté onion, garlic, carrot, celery, herbs de Provence, and add slat 10 to 15 minutes, or until well browned. Add a little more oil if pan seems dry. Add rice, and stir-fry 5 minutes, or until mixture is hot and well combined. Rice is now ready to be served, but if you have some time before your meal, turn heat to low, add a little more oil to pan, and let rice sit undisturbed 7 to 10 minutes, or until browned. If it begins to stick, scrape it up, stir tasty brown bits in, and continue browning with a little more oil. The more time and energy you spend a this stage, the tastier the rice will be. If using leftovers, add them just before serving and continue to heat thoroughly.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

1 head cabbage (enough for 12 large leaves)
5 quarts boiling water
1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup cooked rice
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
2 eggs, well-beaten
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
8 oz canned tomato sauce
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 cups beer (or condensed beef broth)

Directions: Core cabbage and carefully remove large outer leaves; wash leaves. Place in a large bowl; pour boiling water over leaves to cover. Let stand 5 minutes or until leaves are flexible. In large bowl, combine ground beef, rice, onion, celery, eggs, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Drain leaves. Divide meat mixture evenly to make 12 balls, using about 1/4 cup meat mixture for each ball. Place 1 ball on each leaf. Wrap leaf tightly around meat enclosing it and fastening ends with toothpicks. In large skillet, combine tomato sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, and 1 1/2 cups beer; mix well. Place rolls in skillet. Cover; simmer
slowly about 1 hour, adding more beer as needed.
Yield: 6 servings.